Frequently asked questions, answered

Please refer to some of the most frequently asked questions below, we have provided answers that may help you to clear any issues you might have before you contac us. However, if any issues are not resolved in this section, please contact us via the information provided in the contact page; or if you want to directly contact any of the teachers.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

What cost is the subscription?

Registration for courses is free. For the monthly cost, instead, contact us for more information as it depends on the course and on the monthly number of hours.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

My work does not allow me to have fixed times, what can I do?

The school based on availability is able to give a certain flexibility in the choice of days and times, as long as the monthly number of the chosen course is maintained.

What about study books?

We provide our books written exclusively for students in paper format or in digital format .pdf. These books support the lessons. Each teacher will then choose at his discretion whether to use other teaching materials provided.

Which chords should I begin learning?

For someone starting out, the inability to get a full sounding chord can lead to much frustration which, in turn, can lead to deciding that maybe the guitar is just too much trouble and not worth learning. For younger students, and also for some adults, the confidence gained by playing some single notes on various strings is all they need to make the next “step” into chord playing. I’d like to make a quick point that learning chords is not always the best way to start out.

What are power chords?

Whether you play electric guitar or acoustic guitar, at some point you’re going to run into power chords. While the concept behind these “chords” has been around for ages, they are a staple of most guitarist’s playing, being used in music of all genres and styles.

Also known as “5″ chords, as in “C5″ for example, technically, are not chords. They are simply dyads, a two-note interval composed of the root note and the fifth note of the major scale. Because there is no third, the sound of a power chord is neither major nor minor. It’s ambiguous, if you will, or simply undefined. However, when you play a power chord on an electric guitar with the distortion cranked up on the amplifier, you generate many overtones that give this neutral “5″ chord more depth and tonal color. SHRED GUITAR 101 has a primer to help you understand and form any power chord you want in several different ways

How do I get the most out of my practice time?

If you know some chords and where the notes are on the fingerboard, then you have to ask yourself, what you want to do? You already know enough to strum a lot of songs and even play song simple leads and riffs. You also know enough to start writing and playing some of your own songs. So, there are a lot of choices and it’s really up to you. When my students reach a point where they have a lot of the basics down, I am often surprised by their next choices. One student of mine has recently decided that the next step is to learn how to read music so she can play classical and Spanish pieces. Another has decided to specifically target in on soloing while yet another is working on incorporating riffs into his rhythm playing.

I know that this may not be the answer that you seek, but without knowing what your purpose for playing is, I truly can’t tell you what to play next. I can tell you that there are TONS of things to learn! Take some time and think about what you want to do.

And then you might want to check out our articles on practice and focusing.

Should I learn to play on acoustic or electric guitar?

There are a lot of similarities between the electric and acoustic guitar; they each have advantages and disadvantages to the beginner. It is easier to learn to finger pick on an acoustic. Barre chords and power chords are easier to learn on an electric. Because of the nature of the acoustic guitar, most people learn how to strum them but rarely take the time to explore the many styles and sounds that it is capable of. Because of the nature of the electric guitar, many beginners learn power chords and then little else. And when the acoustic player gets his first electric, he tends to play it like an acoustic. And vice versa.

Which is “better?” If you say right off the bat that you want to learn electric, I would tell you that electric is better for you. Is this necessarily true? No. But since this is where your interests currently lie, it is true for you.

What you learn from the guitar, or anything, is usually a combination of what you want and whether or not what you discover on the way interests you enough to take a detour. If you really want to learn a riff or a solo and you learn it, will you also take the time to figure out how you can use what you learn in another song or in a different style? Only if it interests you to do so.

It used to be that people started out with acoustic guitars mostly because it was expensive to get an electric guitar (and an amplifier and everything else that you’d need). That is not the case these days. If you want to play electric and you can get yourself a good set up, then by all means do so.

Because here’s the fun thing – if you choose the electric guitar now, there’s no reason why you won’t find yourself with an acoustic guitar somewhere down the road. I’d almost guarantee that this will happen.

SHRED GUITAR101 has a lot of information on buying equipment.

How should I care for my guitar?

  • Don’t leave your guitar in a car for several hours in hot or cold weather.
  • When you finish playing your guitar, wipe it off with a lint-free cloth and put it in your case.
  • Use guitar polish (available at the local music store) to clean your guitar. Don’t use furniture polish.
  • Your strings will last much longer if you clean them after each use.
  • You may want to put a dab of lemon oil on the neck once a year to avoid cracking from the wood drying.
  • If you are storing a guitar for a long time, you may want to loosen the strings.
  • Have your guitar serviced by a professional guitar technician periodically.
  • Hide your guitar from little brothers!
  • What is a metronome?

A metronome is a device used to mark time by means of regularly recurring ticks or flashes at adjustable intervals. This device is very important for developing the guitar student’s rhythm. Good rhythm (or playing in time) is usually the biggest challenge for the guitar student. Using a metronome trains the student to play in time.

  • What is Tablature?

Tablature or tab is a system of lines and numbers that represent your strings and frets. Tablature is a very useful tool for learning to play guitar but it has limitations.

  • emphasize how important a metronome is. Metronomes are available at your local music store.
  • What is a chord progression?

A chord progression is a combination of chords that sound good together. A song may have one chord progression that repeats itself throughout the entire song.

Should I take private guitar lessons?

Nothing can substitute the insight and direction you can receive from someone who has years of experience doing what you have only recently begun to do. I’ll never forget the teachers I studied under. A price can’t be put on what I gained from each one of them. Without guidance from an instructor the beginning student is like a ship without a rudder with no direction. It is very important to seek professional guidance from an instructor.

If you still have questions, then feel free to reach us 🙂

Chiaira // shredguitar101
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